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Upper Body Stretches

This series of stretches are useful for workers who complete assembly tasks and do a lot of reaching.



  • Reaching Stretch
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    -Interlace your fingers out in front of you at shoulder height. 

    -Turn your palms outward as you reach forward. 

    -Hold for 5-10 seconds. 

    -Relax and repeat.


  • Overhead Stretch

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    -Interlace your fingers out above, over your head. 

    -Turn your palms outward as you reach. 

    -Hold for 5-10 seconds.

    -Relax and repeat.


  • Triceps Stretch

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    -With arms overhead, hold the elbow of one arm with the hand of the other arm.

    -Gently pull the elbow behind your head, creating a stretch.

    -Move slowly.

    -Hold for 5-10 second then repeat with other arm.


  • Shoulder Stretch

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    -Gently pull your elbow across your chest toward your opposite shoulder. 

    -Hold stretch for 5-10 seconds.  

    -Relax and repeat with other arm.


  • Chest and Back Stretch

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    -Clasp your hands behind your back. 

    -Slowly turn your elbows inward and straighten arms. 

    -Lift your arms up behind you until you feel a stretch. 

    -Hold for 5-10 seconds.


  • Chair Rotation Stretch

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    -Sit in chair.

    -Wrap feet around chair legs to stabilize your body.

    -Reach across body and grab the back of the chair. 

    -Pull gently to increase the stretch in the middle of your back. 

    -Hold 5-10 seconds, repeat reaching to opposite side.